The Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update is exciting, but it could have a tremendous impact on your phone’s performance. While most of you are fine installing the Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update when it arrives, others might benefit from waiting a few hours or perhaps even a few days before transitioning from Nougat to Oreo.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update is finally live though it’s currently limited to a select group of devices in a few select regions. Galaxy S8 Oreo beta testers got the Android 8.0 Oreo update first and the software is starting to hit other Galaxy S8 users around the globe. (Samsung recently pulled the update, but we expect it to return soon.)
If you followed the beta you know the Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update delivers a long list of changes to the flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Changes include a new Color Lens feature, upgrades to Samsung DeX, improvements to Samsung Cloud, new emojis, and some big changes to the stock keyboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo update is sizable download due to these changes. Beta testers are looking at a 487MB download size.
If you haven’t kept up with updates, you’re looking at a more substantial process because you’ll likely be forced to download updates you skipped before you can download Android Oreo on your phone.
Galaxy S8 Oreo Review
It’s not Android 8.1, but that’s probably not going to bother Galaxy S8 users that’ve waited months for Samsung to roll out the official version of Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update is a major release and an operating system change can have a profound impact on your phone’s performance. While some of you might see a boost, others might see performance take a hit.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo problems include severe battery drain, issues with connectivity including Bluetooth and GPS, issues with apps, lag, lockups, and more.
There are plenty of reasons to install Android 8.0 Oreo when it arrives for your Galaxy S8. That said, there are some reasons why you might want to take a temporary raincheck.
This guide will take Galaxy S8 users through the best reasons to, and not to, install Android 8.0 Oreo right now.
Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security
If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8's Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone.
If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you'll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time.
The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung's popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone.
It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.